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Govt to pursue FATCA agreement with US | infonews.co.nz New ...

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Thursday 25 October 2012, 4:41PM By Peter Dunne 17 views. New Zealand will look to negotiate a FATCA tax information agreement with the United States, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today. The Foreign Account Tax ...
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By design, Investors Europe is an execution-only stock broker so that it can never have a conflict of interest with its clients. It thereby offers the very highest levels of client protection possible because, in addition, it holds MiFID designated client portfolios in segregated, individually margined trading accounts in the UK rather than in the euro area. The Board of Directors of Investors Europe believes that the UK offers the highest levels of overall protection to underlying clients under the UK's Investor Protection Scheme than would be the case with euro area countries, post Cyprus. When this advantage is allied to  nominee trading accounts, it is a winner for all our clients.

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Rand Paul Sues Obama Administration Over FATCA | Legal content from ... - WealthManagement.com

Rand Paul Sues Obama Administration Over FATCA | Legal content from ... - WealthManagement.com | FATCA | Scoop.it
In an interesting turn of events on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul was named as one of seven plaintiffs in a suit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.
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Non-FATCA Banks in Andorra

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The fee to renounce U.S. citizenship is $2,350.00 and they require five years of tax returns and sometimes an exit tax, and in some cases they keep taxing for ten more years. This is unacceptable. 

If they want money they should repeal the income tax and use a federal sales tax, based on domestic consumption, which does not invade personal privacy. If you pay with cash there is no paper trail revealing what you buy, so why should there be a paper trail showing how much money you have, or make? Cars built overseas and sold in the U.S.A. would be taxed in the U.S.A., making the U.S.A. more competitive. Non-participating FFI's, banks that don't comply with FATCA
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The fee to renounce U.S. citizenship is $2,350.00 and they require five years of tax returns and sometimes an exit tax, and in some cases they keep taxing for ten more years. This is unacceptable. 

If they want money they should repeal the income tax and use a federal sales tax, based on domestic consumption, which does not invade personal privacy. If you pay with cash there is no paper trail revealing what you buy, so why should there be a paper trail showing how much money you have, or make? Cars built overseas and sold in the U.S.A. would be taxed in the U.S.A., making the U.S.A. more competitive. 

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Anti-FATCA group finalises lawsuit against Canadian Gov’t

Anti-FATCA group finalises lawsuit against Canadian Gov’t | FATCA | Scoop.it
A group promoting Canadian sovereignty has raised 80% of the funds required to take the Canadian Government to court for providing residents’ details to the US for...
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“We believe that the Canadian legislation that implements the FATCA IGA violates the Canadian Constitution, Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the principles of Canadian sovereignty and democracy, and the fundamental rights of all Canadians,” it said. - See more at: http://www.international-adviser.com/news/1022937/anti-fatca-finalises-lawsuit-canadian-gov?#sthash.sqdi7Eij.dpuf

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#FATCA Expats sue in Canadian court

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An early filing of the day's tax news. Exclusive editions available to POLITICO Pro subscribers.
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'Tax Justice for Americans Abroad'

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Five full years after the enactment of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Department of the Treasury has yet to address one of the major “unintended collateral consequences” of the Draconian law, which requires that almost every bank in the world directly register (or indirectly where an IGA has been adopted) with the IRS, as a withholding agent for the U.S. Government.

FATCA’s purpose was to stop Americans from using foreign banks to cheat on their taxes by hiding income in foreign banks.  At first glance, the idea might appear to make sense; but for Americans living and working abroad, their corner bank through which they pay their mortgages and cash their paychecks is no more a “foreign bank” to the American abroad than a local Piggly Wiggly is an exotic foods emporium. 
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FATCA : DIFC on Twitter

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Full house at the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” #FATCA Outreach Workshop in #DIFC. #HappeningNow pic.twitter.com/0er5XQ3zHL
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The US Treasury’s Kiss of Death to Banks

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It’s an amazingly powerful weapon that only the US government can wield—kicking anyone it doesn’t like out of the world’s US-dollar-based financial system.

It’s a weapon foreign banks fear. A sound institution can be rendered insolvent at the flip of a switch that the US government controls. It would be akin to an economic kiss of death. When applied to entire countries—such as the case with Iran—it’s like a nuclear attack on the country’s financial system.

That is because, thanks to the petrodollar regime, the US dollar is still the world’s reserve currency, and that indirectly gives the US a chokehold on international trade.

For example, if a company in Italy wants to buy products made in India, the Indian seller probably will want to be paid in US dollars. So the company in Italy first needs to purchase those dollars on the foreign exchange market. But it can’t do so without involving a bank that is permitted to operate in the US. And no such bank will cooperate if it finds that the Italian company is on any of Washington’s bad-boy lists.

The US dollar may be just a facilitator for an international transaction unrelated to any product or service tied to the US, but it’s a facilitator most buyers and sellers in world markets want to use. Thus Uncle Sam’s ability to say “no dollars for you” gives it tremendous leverage to pressure other countries.

The BRICS countries have been trying to move toward a more multipolar international financial system, but it’s an arduous process. Any weakening of the US government’s ability to use the dollar as a stick to compel compliance is likely years away.

When the time comes, no country will care about losing access to the US financial system any more than it would worry today about being shut out of the peso-based Mexican financial system. But for a while yet, losing Uncle Sam’s blessing still can be an economic kiss of death, as the recent experience of Banca Privada d’Andorra shows.

Andorra, a Peculiar Country Without a Central Bank

The Principality of Andorra is a tiny jurisdiction sandwiched between Spain and France in the eastern Pyrenees mountains. It hasn’t joined the EU and thus is not burdened by every edict passed down in Brussels. However, as a matter of practice, the euro is in general use. Interestingly, the country does not have a central bank.

Andorra is a renowned offshore banking jurisdiction. Banking is the country’s second-biggest source of income, after tourism. Its five banks had made names for themselves by being particularly well capitalized, welcoming to nonresidents (even Americans), and willing to work with offshore companies andinternational trusts.

One Andorran bank that had been recommended prominently by others (but not by International Man) is Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA).

Recently BPA received the financial kiss of death from FinCEN, the US Treasury Department’s financial crimes bureau. FinCEN accused BPA of laundering money for individuals in Russia, China, and Venezuela—interestingly, all geopolitical rivals of the US.

Never mind that unlike murder, robbery and rape, money laundering is a victimless, make-believe crime invented by US politicians.

But let’s set that argument aside and assume that money laundering is indeed a real crime. While FinCEN seems to enjoy pointing the money-laundering finger here and there, it never mentions that New York and London are among of the busiest money laundering centers in the world, which underscores the political, not criminal, nature of their accusations.

And that’s all it takes, a mere accusation from FinCEN to shatter the reputation of a foreign bank and the confidence of its depositors.

The foreign bank has little recourse. There is no adjudication to determine whether the accusation has any merit nor is there any opportunity for the bank to make a defense to stop the damage to its reputation.

And not even the most solvent foreign banks—such as BPA—are immune.

Shortly after FinCEN made its accusation public, BPA’s global correspondent accounts—which allow it to conduct international transactions—were closed. No other bank wants to risk Washington’s ire by doing business with a blacklisted institution. BPA was effectively banned from the international financial system.

This predictably led to an evaporation of confidence by BPA’s depositors. To prevent a run on the bank, the Andorran government took BPA under its administration and imposed a €2,500 per week withdrawal limit on depositors.

However, it’s not just BPA that is feeling the results of Washington’s displeasure. FinCEN’s accusation against BPA is sending a shockwave that is shaking Andorra to its core.

The ordeal has led S&P to downgrade Andorra’s credit rating, noting that “The risk profile of Andorra’s financial sector, which is large relative to the size of the domestic economy, has increased beyond our expectations.”

For comparison, BPA’s assets amount to €3 billion, and the Andorran government’s annual budget is only €400 million. There is no way the government could bail out BPA even if it wanted to.

The last time there was a banking crisis in a European country with an oversized financial sector, many depositors were blindsided with a bail-in and lost most, or in some cases, all of their money over €100,000.

While the damage to BPA’s customers appears to be contained for the moment, it remains to be seen whether Andorra turns into the next Cyprus.

BPA is hardly the only example of a US government attack on a foreign bank. In a similar fashion in 2013, the US effectively shut down Bank Wegelin, Switzerland’s oldest bank, which, like BPA, operated without branches in the US.

To appreciate the brazen overreach that has become routine for FinCEN, it helps to examine matters from an alternative perspective.

Imagine that China was the world’s dominant financial power instead of the US and it had the power to enforce its will and trample over the sovereignty of other countries. Imagine bureaucrats in Beijing having the power to effectively shut down any bank in the world. Imagine those same bureaucrats accusing BNY Mellon (Bank of New York is the oldest bank in the US) of breaking some Chinese financial law and cutting it off from the international financial system, causing a crisis of confidence and effectively shuttering it.

In a world of fiat currencies and fractional reserve banking, that is a power—a financial weapon—that the steward of the international financial system wields.

Currently, that steward is the US. It remains to be seen whether or not the BRICS will learn to be just as overbearing once their parallel international financial system is up and running.

In any case, the new system will give the world an alternative, and that will be a good thing.

But regardless of what the international financial system is going to look like, you should take action now to protect yourself from getting caught in the crossfire when financial weapons are going off.

One way to make sure your savings don’t go poof the next time some bureaucrat at FinCEN decides a bank did something that they didn’t like is to put the money into hard assets in safe jurisdictions. Physical gold and silver stored offshore and foreign real estate fit the bill.

Until next time,


Nick Giambruno
Senior Editor
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'FATCA is probably the dumbest law in the history of the United States..'

Yesterday, the IRS announced the International Data Exchange Service.

If you’ve not heard of it, it’s is an outgrowth of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires every single bank in the world to get in bed with IRS to share information about customers.

We’ve said this over and over, FATCA is probably the dumbest law in the history of the United States. And I don’t say that lightly, because there’s definitely stiff competition.

Like any other bankrupt government, the US government has taken to intimidating its own citizens and the entire world in an attempt to make ends meet.

Their hope was that the minority of people committing tax evasion would come clean and that it would result in some huge boost in tax revenue.

But the fact is that tax revenues actually haven’t improved at all.

Looking at tax revenue as a percentage of GDP, the numbers haven’t budged at all from their long-term average. Not a single bit.

So in actuality, FATCA has done nothing positive for America.

That said, FATCA has managed to destroy what little remaining credibility the United States government still had.

Bear in mind these people have spied on their allies, dropped bombs by remote control, and force fed people negative real interest rates and $18 trillion in debt.

But if that weren’t enough, FATCA goes after foreigners with absurd logistical challenges, commanding every single bank on the planet to comply.

Here’s the ultimate irony: there are nations in this world that are not recognized by the United States. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Abkhazia. Etc. Yet banks in these regions still have to sign up with the IRS.

It’s like— you don’t exist. But you must still comply.

The IRS tells us that so far more than 145,000 financial institutions have already signed information-sharing agreements.

Now with yesterday’s launch of IDES they have an online platform to invade customer privacy at every one of those banks. This is a terrible trend.

I was talking to Jim Rickards the other day, author of both Currency Wars and The Death of Money (both excellent books).

He was telling me how decades ago he could ring up a bank and open an account over the phone in just a matter of minutes.

Now, because all these governments are bankrupt, banks have become unpaid financial spies required to treat customers as if we’re criminal terrorists.

The lifeblood of capitalism is capital, and banks are supposed to be the responsible stewards of our capital.

So by obstructing the ability of banks to engage in commerce, the US government is grinding down the pitiful remains of global capitalism down to the mere punch line.

This has consequences.

Perhaps more importantly, and the reason we think FATCA is the dumbest or at least the most destructive law in US history, is that it provides an enormous incentive for the rest of the world to simply avoid dealing with the United States.

There’s no bank on the planet that likes FATCA.

The only reason they comply is because the US has a nuclear option: sign up for FATCA or else we’ll withhold 30% of all transfers that go through the United States.

This is a big deal for banks.

Since the US dollar is the world’s dominant reserve currency, the majority of global transactions are denominated in US dollars and cleared through the US banking system.

This makes the US banking system critical to global finance. And it has long been a major advantage to the United States.

You would think that a government entrusted with such an awesome responsibility, from which it has benefitted for decades, would treat this advantage with dignity and care.

But no. Instead, the US government has turned its banking system into a weapon with which it threatens the entire world.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the rest of the world is one day going to create its own alternative system. One that would no longer rely on the US dollar.

Oh wait— they’re already doing that.

With FATCA, the US has shot itself in the proverbial foot. They’re practically begging the world to please take away its last remaining financial advantage.

And the rest of the world is listening.

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FATCA GIIN January 2015 FFI Registration Analysis … by the numbers

FATCA GIIN January 2015 FFI Registration Analysis … by the numbers | FATCA | Scoop.it
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via FATCA GIIN January 2015 FFI Registration Analysis … by the numbers.
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NON FATCA : U.N. Member Countries without a FATCA IGA

The U.S. Treasury lists the countries and territories that have signed FATCA IGA’s or where they are pending, but it is no surprise that they do not go out of their way to tell you about the countries without such agreements. In non-IGA countries, some banks have registered and received a GIIN, and you can find these on the IRS website, but they also don’t go out of their way to list banks that have not registered and will choose not to comply with FATCA. Here is a place to start. Be sure to check this against the respective federal websites, because some of the countries are not in their proper alphabetical spot on the lists. The table below lists United Nations members, except of course for the United States of America itself. 

Central banks of issue are generally exempt from FATCA, as governmental institutions. This allows for a private or commercial non-FATCA bank (non-participating FFI) to clear checks through the central bank. 

Note: A pending agreement is not a done deal, and may be penned by government officials with no more authority to allow disclosure than the U.S. Treasury has. Congress will not likely authorize reciprocal exchange and some of the countries with pending IGA’s probably won’t either. ..'

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'Bankers in non-IGA countries consider this: You register with IRS and obtain a GIIN, which makes you deemed compliant. Now you have time to dump all your U.S.-based investments, free of the 30% withholding tax. When the day comes to provide the data, it is against the laws of your country to do so. It is as if I make a deal with you whereby you pay me a thousand dollars today and I agree to deliver a bag of cocaine to you on a future date, but they still have not legalized cocaine yet, so the deal is illegal. This is not a breach of contract, it is illegality of performance. 

Now, the governments in IGA countries need to understand that the IGA is an “agreement” and cannot have any force contrary to your laws, and your statutes cannot have any force contrary to your ...'

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FATCA weather report - extreme turbulence in 2015

FATCA weather report - extreme turbulence in 2015 | FATCA | Scoop.it
As of today’s date, December 11, 2014, if you include those “in substance” IGA jurisdictions, introduced as a direct result of Announcement 2014-38, there are now 112 FATCA IGAs in place. There are...
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Singapore, US Sign FATCA IGA

On December 9, Singapore and the United States signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act Intergovernmental Agreement, following its initialing in May
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Philippines signs FATCA IGA - investorseurope stockbrokers

Philippines signs FATCA IGA - investorseurope stockbrokers | FATCA | Scoop.it
The Philippines has finally entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the United States implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
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FATCA(T) - Jurisdictions with effective intergovernmental agreements

FATCA(T) - Jurisdictions with effective intergovernmental agreements | FATCA | Scoop.it

Jurisdictions that have signed agreements:

Model 1 IGA


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Jurisdictions that have reached agreements in substance as of June 30, 2014 and have consented to being included on this list (beginning on the date indicated in parenthesis):

Model 1 IGA
  • Algeria (6-30-2014)
  • Anguilla (6-30-2014)
  • Antigua and Barbuda (6-3-2014)
  • Azerbaijan (5-16-2014)
  • Bahrain (6-30-2014)
  • Cabo Verde (6-30-2014)
  • China (6-26-2014)
  • Dominica (6-19-2014)
  • Dominican Republic (6-30-2014)
  • Georgia (6-12-2014)
  • Greenland (6-29-2014)
  • Grenada (6-16-2014)
  • Guyana (6-24-2014)
  • Haiti (6-30-2014)
  • India (4-11-2014)
  • Indonesia (5-4-2014)
  • Malaysia (6-30-2014)
  • Montenegro (6-30-2014)
  • Panama (5-1-2014)
  • Peru (5-1-2014)
  • Portugal (4-2-2014)
  • St. Kitts and Nevis (6-4-2014)
  • St. Lucia (6-12-2014)
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (6-2-2014)
  • Saudi Arabia (6-24-2014)
  • Serbia (6-30-2014)
  • Seychelles (5-28-2014)
  • Slovak Republic (4-11-2014)
  • Thailand (6-24-2014)
  • Turkey (6-3-2014)
  • Turkmenistan (6-3-2014)
  • Ukraine (6-26-2014)
Model 2 IGA
  • Armenia (5-8-2014)
  • Iraq (6-30-2014)
  • Nicaragua (6-30-2014)
  • Paraguay (6-6-2014)
  • San Marino (6-30-2014)
  • Taiwan (6-23-2014)*

 

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Senator Sues Treasury Over FATCA Overreach | Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Senator Sues Treasury Over FATCA Overreach | Center for Freedom and Prosperity | FATCA | Scoop.it
A new challenge to an invasive global tax law.
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More renounced US citizenship in Q1 2015 than any other quarter in history.

More renounced US citizenship in Q1 2015 than any other quarter in history. | FATCA | Scoop.it
The IRS reports that more people renounced their US citizenship during the first quarter of 2015 than during any other quarter in history.
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''The United States is the only country other than the military 
dictatorship of Eritrea that taxes its citizens living abroad on all 
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FATCA goes full-retard as Mr. Obama extorts The Vatican

FATCA goes full-retard as Mr. Obama extorts The Vatican | FATCA | Scoop.it
June 11, 2015 Oxford, England OK this is really getting ridiculous.
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'They've proven to the world that they're willing to take the sacred international banking obligation that they've been entrusted with and turn it into a weapon of intimidation.

This is unbelievably stupid.

The US government is taking a giant, steaming dump on its last remaining competitive advantage.

Having control over the global financial system is for all intents and purposes a license to print money.

It meant that the US could create as much money as it wanted, indebt itself as much as it wanted, because there would always be strong foreign demand for dollars.

But you can only bully the rest of the world so many times before foreigners start looking for alternatives.

And that is happening.

The new China International Payment System (CIPS) will be the first credible option in conventional banking to circumvent the US. And it’s coming online later this year.'

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FATCA, Tax Havens and American Competitiveness

FATCA, Tax Havens and American Competitiveness | FATCA | Scoop.it
VideoWhile the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame and Moocher Hall of Fame already exist, the Hypocrite Hall of Fame is just a concept. But once it gets set up, Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida will definitely be a charter member.
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Taxed into renouncing their US citizenship?

Taxed into renouncing their US citizenship? | FATCA | Scoop.it
Drowning in a sea of new financial regulations, and with IRS audits on the rise, some American citizens in Israel say they are weighing expatriation. That won’t work
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Cayman Islands launches FATCA portal - Investors Europe Mauritius Stock Brokers

Cayman Islands launches FATCA portal - Investors Europe Mauritius Stock Brokers | FATCA | Scoop.it
The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority has launched an online portal to allow local financial institutions to report information required under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
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While many jurisdictions have removed the requirement for submission of a nil return in the event there are no reportable accounts, the Cayman Islands still require the submission of a nil report. This means that all Cayman Islands institutions must file a report regardless of whether its clients have ties with America.

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68% of American Expatriates have considered giving up their U.S. citizenship as a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

68% of American Expatriates have considered giving up their U.S. citizenship as a result of FATCA http://t.co/LgL63pLO5G
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Vatican Bank Joins FATCA @investorseurope Mauritius stock brokers

Vatican Bank Joins FATCA @investorseurope Mauritius stock brokers | FATCA | Scoop.it
FATCA now counts over 100 nations, with even the Pope's Holy See jumping on the IRS offshore tax compliance bandwagon.
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Hong Kong Banks Shut Down US Accounts Rather Than Deal with FATCA - China Briefing News

Hong Kong Banks Shut Down US Accounts Rather Than Deal with FATCA - China Briefing News | FATCA | Scoop.it

Since the FATCA came into effect in early July, many Hong Kong based banks have been refusing to open new accounts for American individuals and corporations.

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FATCA : Wealthy Asians dash to ditch US passports

FATCA : Wealthy Asians dash to ditch US passports | FATCA | Scoop.it
A fast-rising number of Americans based in the region are disposing of their US citizenship, citing the increasing difficulty of managing their financial affairs due to growing regulatory demands.
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IRS Extends ‘Deemed Compliant’ Status of Countries for FATCA @investorseurope

IRS Extends ‘Deemed Compliant’ Status of Countries for FATCA @investorseurope | FATCA | Scoop.it
The Internal Revenue Service has issued an announcement extending the deemed compliant status of countries that are treated as if they had an intergovernmental agreement with the U.S.
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